SEC's stability underscores challenge for Lady Vols' Harper

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper understands the enormity of her task as she tries to get the Lady Vols back among the nation's premier women's basketball programs.

Tennessee has been picked to finish sixth out of 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference, its lowest projection in the 30-year history of the league's media poll. Never before was Tennessee projected to finish lower than fourth.

"I keep talking about not trying to worry about the big picture so much," Harper said Thursday at the SEC women's basketball Media Day event. "How good can we be today? I think sometimes when you look big picture, it can be daunting, but every day if you can just walk away from practice, walk away from your day and be better. That's all you can do anyway.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor37-1
2 UConn35-3
3 Notre Dame35-4
4 Mississippi State33-3
5 Louisville32-4
6 Stanford31-5
7 Oregon33-5
8 Iowa29-7
9 Maryland29-5
10 North Carolina State28-6
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame35-4
2 Baylor37-1
3 Louisville32-4
4 Stanford31-5
5 Oregon33-5
6 UConn35-3
7 Iowa29-7
8 Mississippi State33-3
9 North Carolina State28-6
10 Syracuse25-9
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